From Plato to iPads

November 2011

 

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A timeline of technological advances that have shaped the way we live and learn.

 

Historic advances

  • 40,000 BC: Paintings and drawings are a new means of communication
  • 389 BC: The founding of the Academy by Plato begins a new movement in education
  • 1453: The printing of the Bible with moveable type by Gutenberg transforms society
  • 1862: QWERTY – Christopher Sholes develops a machine to print the alphabet
  • 1901: Marconi sends a radio signal across the Atlantic 

 

Back in the day...

  • 1967: Texas Instruments develops the first hand-held calculator
  • 1968: Douglas Engelbart introduces a prototype of the computer mouse
  • 1977: Apple introduces the Apple II
  • 1981: IBM home computer is introduced and MS DOS 2.0 is introduced
  • 1984: Dell Computer is founded
  • 1985: Microsoft Windows is introduced, America Online debuts, Nintendo debuts
  • 1989: The World-Wide Web begins at the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire

 

In more recent times...

  • 1998: Google is launched and Smartboards are introduced
  • 1999: Blackberry starts smart phone craze
  • 2000: Wikipedia is launched
  • 2001: Apple’s iPod launched
  • 2003: Skype launched
  • 2004: Facebook launched
  • 2007: Apple’s iPhone launched
  • 2010: Apple’s iPad invented

 

Crystal ball gazing...

  • 2020: Robotic teacher’s aides
  • 2025: Virtual classrooms
  • 2035: Holographic teaching
  • 2085: Downloadable consciousness